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Noticing the Changes

Ahh, it’s almost 11:00 pm and I haven’t gone to bed yet! Confession: I am an old lady, I go to bed before 10:00 pm almost every night and am a failure without at least 8 hours! I love those zzzzz’s 🙂

I am up later than usual finishing a paper due, and studying for two exams that are tomorrow. Professors who make exams occur on Friday= pure evil. It’s my own fault I have put off studying until now, and I am clearly still procrastinating as I am choosing to blog instead! Muahaha.

On that note, I had such a refreshing afternoon! The sun was shining bright, the temperatures were above (gasp!) 40 degrees and I went to free sample night at Whole Foods with my best friend Danielle!

This particular store has one free sample night per month each time with a different theme, and you better believe we ALWAYS go to them. She is the only other person I know that gets as excited as I do about grocery shopping. Tis the joy of the month for us (perhaps that’s a bit sad… :P) Today’s theme was “Local Night” where farmers and other store owners around the area brought in some products to try.

As we walked through the store, I sampled gluten-free pizza, gelato, soy milk, bread, candy, and fruit. Overall, the foods were tasty! Yet there was something even better going on, I was actually eating the food I wanted to try.

Before getting a hold on my disordered eating, I would go to events like this and walk around and kind of just look at the food that could be sampled. I picked out groceries as I walked around, but I would not touch the samples that were out. I watched others eat them and I was somewhat envious, yet that feeling of enpowerment was rearing its ugly head, making me feel eletated– that I had the control over myself from eating anything I deemed “unsafe.”

You are probably wondering on earth I would even go to an event with free food I was not going to eat. You know what?! I wonder that too. It was almost like a test for myself, going into a store and seeing what I could resist. I believe this goes along with why I watch Food Network and other food shows constantly. I genuinely enjoy them, but at the same time it’s FOOD PORN from Wikipedia, (provocative term variously applied to a spectacular visual presentation of cooking or eating in infomercials,  cooking shows or other visual media, foods boasting a high fat and calorie content, exotic dishes that arouse a desire to eat). I am looking at the wonderful recipes being created and thinking how great it looks, yet something I would never eat.

It’s a step in the right direction toward recovery and I am glad I am overcoming these seriously effed up thoughts. 🙂 I even splurged a bit and bought some items from the hot and cold food bar, I can’t resist that dang thing!

 

Mmm Pretty Fruit!

 

Danielle!

Before going back to campus I needed requested a coffee.

 

Need coffee now!

We made a stop at my personal favorite place for coffee, Dunkin Donuts! Starbucks is good and all, but I just can’t go wrong with a coffee less than 2 bucks and I savor its perfect light flavor 🙂

Uh oh, it’s pushin 11:30 pm and I still have some studying to do! Time to get PUMPED for that

Fake it till you make it right? 😉

Is anyone else as obsessed with Food Network/other cuisine shows, as me?!Can any readers relate to this kind of scenario, almost torturing yourself with food? Does anyone else LOVE TO STUDY?! Because I do! (Errrr…not.)

Have a lovely night!

 

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Thursday’s Workout and Product Reviews

Thank you all so much very much for your encouraging comments on my last post. These sorts of posts and comments form others is helping me to purge my feelings, and recognize my old, irrational habits, ones I am letting go 🙂

Fitness is an important part of my life, so I want to share my recovery on this blog, but also discuss my workouts, tips and my training toward my Half- Marathon in May. I am re-discovering how much I love working out to make myself FEEL GREAT as opposed to losing weight and diminishing my body. The muscle I am finally developing is a plus too! 😀

On that note, this morning I had a great workout! I woke up at 7:00 and headed over to my school’s rec center. I began with a 15 minute warm-up on the elliptical at an easy pace. I then attended a 45 spinning class where the usual hills and sprints were a focus, and it was a heart-pumping good time!

I was in the mood for a good weight session too, so after the class I completed these two circuits and tried to work each part of my body.

Exercise Set 1: I went through this 3 times:

Squat w/ lateral raise 12-15 reps 15 pound DB
Renegade row 12 rows for each arm 15 pound DB
Plank hold 45 sec- 1 minute Body weight
Kettle ball Swing w/squat 12-15 reps 20 pound KB
Bicep curl in lung position 10 curls for each leg 12 pound DB

After the first two circuits I did a 2-minute cardio blast, to get my heart pumpin! I completed as many reps as possible in 30 seconds then moved on to the next move:

1.     Mountain climbers

2.     Burpees

3.     Squat jumps

4.     Jumping jacks with 5 pound weights in each hand

Once this was done I moved on to this circuit and went through it three times

Scissor crunches 30- 45 seconds Body weight
Chest press 12-15 reps 20 pound DB
Hamstring Roll-Ins 15 reps Body weight on ball
Tricep pull-down 15- 20 reps 40 pounds on machine
Oblique crunches 15 on each side Body weight

I repeated the same cardio blast as above after the first two circuits and did a whole lotta stretchin after this workout.

The gym at our school was built last year and I feel so blessed to have free access to this gorgeous place. It has so many fabulous offerings, such as tons of ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, arc trainers, rowing machines, two weight rooms, an indoor track, and a yummy smoothie bar! There are also three open rooms for group exercise classes, such as cardio kick, spinning, Zumba and others. Here are some pics!

I was oh-so-sexy sweaty after the combination of spinning and this weight routine, and quickly made my way back to my room, showered and had breakfast!

Once again the blogging world rears its influential head for my breakfast :p I had prepped overnight oats before heading to the gym so they were nice and ready by the time I ate them.

Mmm looked like baby food! 😉 The mix included: McCann’s “Quick and Easy” 5- Minute Steel Cut Oats, chia seeds, almond milk, a banana, Trader Joe’s Blueberry Jam, and a small dollop of Peanut Butter and Company- Cinnamon Raisin Swirl… a delicious mix!


It was my first time trying McCann’s Instant Steel Cut Oats, and I really enjoyed them! They maintained the heartier, nuttier texture that steel cut oats have and did not take 20- 30 minutes to cook on a stove top. This type absorbed the liquids nicely and was a tasty new try! I recommend these if you are short on time in the morning, but still like to enjoy this type over rolled or other instant kinds.

The jam from Trader Joe’s was also a great addition. It had sweet blueberries throughout the jam, yet the flavor was not too powerful, a nice fruity touch to the oatmeal!

I have three classes this afternoon and then my friend Danielle is picking me up to go to Whole Foods for Free Sample Night!! Yay for hoarding free food 🙂

I shall be recapping this amazing event later tonight. I hope everyone has an nice day!

Question: Has anyone tried this type of oatmeal before? Or any other interesting kinds you enjoy?

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Thursday's Workout and Product Reviews

Thank you all so much very much for your encouraging comments on my last post. These sorts of posts and comments form others is helping me to purge my feelings, and recognize my old, irrational habits, ones I am letting go 🙂

Fitness is an important part of my life, so I want to share my recovery on this blog, but also discuss my workouts, tips and my training toward my Half- Marathon in May. I am re-discovering how much I love working out to make myself FEEL GREAT as opposed to losing weight and diminishing my body. The muscle I am finally developing is a plus too! 😀

On that note, this morning I had a great workout! I woke up at 7:00 and headed over to my school’s rec center. I began with a 15 minute warm-up on the elliptical at an easy pace. I then attended a 45 spinning class where the usual hills and sprints were a focus, and it was a heart-pumping good time!

I was in the mood for a good weight session too, so after the class I completed these two circuits and tried to work each part of my body.

Exercise Set 1: I went through this 3 times:

Squat w/ lateral raise 12-15 reps 15 pound DB
Renegade row 12 rows for each arm 15 pound DB
Plank hold 45 sec- 1 minute Body weight
Kettle ball Swing w/squat 12-15 reps 20 pound KB
Bicep curl in lung position 10 curls for each leg 12 pound DB

After the first two circuits I did a 2-minute cardio blast, to get my heart pumpin! I completed as many reps as possible in 30 seconds then moved on to the next move:

1.     Mountain climbers

2.     Burpees

3.     Squat jumps

4.     Jumping jacks with 5 pound weights in each hand

Once this was done I moved on to this circuit and went through it three times

Scissor crunches 30- 45 seconds Body weight
Chest press 12-15 reps 20 pound DB
Hamstring Roll-Ins 15 reps Body weight on ball
Tricep pull-down 15- 20 reps 40 pounds on machine
Oblique crunches 15 on each side Body weight

I repeated the same cardio blast as above after the first two circuits and did a whole lotta stretchin after this workout.

The gym at our school was built last year and I feel so blessed to have free access to this gorgeous place. It has so many fabulous offerings, such as tons of ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, arc trainers, rowing machines, two weight rooms, an indoor track, and a yummy smoothie bar! There are also three open rooms for group exercise classes, such as cardio kick, spinning, Zumba and others. Here are some pics!

I was oh-so-sexy sweaty after the combination of spinning and this weight routine, and quickly made my way back to my room, showered and had breakfast!

Once again the blogging world rears its influential head for my breakfast :p I had prepped overnight oats before heading to the gym so they were nice and ready by the time I ate them.

Mmm looked like baby food! 😉 The mix included: McCann’s “Quick and Easy” 5- Minute Steel Cut Oats, chia seeds, almond milk, a banana, Trader Joe’s Blueberry Jam, and a small dollop of Peanut Butter and Company- Cinnamon Raisin Swirl… a delicious mix!


It was my first time trying McCann’s Instant Steel Cut Oats, and I really enjoyed them! They maintained the heartier, nuttier texture that steel cut oats have and did not take 20- 30 minutes to cook on a stove top. This type absorbed the liquids nicely and was a tasty new try! I recommend these if you are short on time in the morning, but still like to enjoy this type over rolled or other instant kinds.

The jam from Trader Joe’s was also a great addition. It had sweet blueberries throughout the jam, yet the flavor was not too powerful, a nice fruity touch to the oatmeal!

I have three classes this afternoon and then my friend Danielle is picking me up to go to Whole Foods for Free Sample Night!! Yay for hoarding free food 🙂

I shall be recapping this amazing event later tonight. I hope everyone has an nice day!

Question: Has anyone tried this type of oatmeal before? Or any other interesting kinds you enjoy?

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Below The Surface- Why Run?

Well, I am back at school, unpacked and preparing for the week ahead. It was a great trip back, I even took a detour at a favorite place of mine (and several others)

This was made even more exciting by the fact that I had never been to this one! A whole NEW Whole Foods waiting for me to be explored :D. And this location in Woburn did not disappoint, great hot food bar, a burrito station, pizza, and a trail mix bar! Exciting stuff I know. Please tell me I am not the only one that gets this elated at the thought of this darn grocery store?!

It’s actually nice to be back, I said hi to several of my residents who said they missed being here! This makes me happy, as I try to enhance their experience at school as an RA (more about this later!)

This is another post for the “Below The Surface” series, I hope you enjoy 🙂

On the drive back, I had some time to just think. I thought about what I had to do this week, my family, this blog, and something nagging me about running.

Why did I begin running? When I quit swimming in 2008, the gym quickly began to bore me and I wanted to find a substitute. I also gained a bit of weight at that time, and thought running would be the best way to lose a few pounds. This was around the same time as starting Weight Watchers, so running had been a means of weight loss. As my stamina, endurance and athletic ability increased, my obsession for running followed suit. Now there were days I could get lost in the run; observing the scenery, listening to music, thinking, and enjoying what my body was capable of.

However, as I got more fixated on my routines around food, running and exercising became a focus as well. About a year after I quit swimming and took up running, I would feel uncomfortable with missing more than two days of running in a row. But why was this? I feared of getting fat, losing everything I had built up from running in just a few days….

As I am reforming a healthy relationship with food, I am attempting to make amends with running, and find the joys and benefits it provides beyond weight loss.

After I returned to school today, unpacked and settled in a bit, I went for a run. I challenged myself to not wear my ipod, a watch, no cell phone or anything, and just jog at a comfortable pace. This helped me understand why I love running: it was just a short, 25 minute run, yet it helped me to realize that I run to:

  • Take time for myself to think
  • Get away from obligations, even if it’s just for a few minutes
  • Savor the feeling after ending your run: that you are empowered, even if it’s temporary
  • Simply enjoy the scenery, weather, or whatever else the environment is offering that day

  • A time where I can simply not think at all
  • Hear my own heart beat, and blood flowing as I test my body to its limits (during a workout)
  • Experience a flood of endorphins as the sweat trickles down from your body
  • Even if I am having a bad day, when I finish a run, everything is better
  • You never know what you can find while exploring a new path

Several of these are mental benefits, yet I also love the physical ones that come along with running, beyond WEIGHT LOSS. My quads, hamstrings and calves have become more defined, and I generally feel stronger.

Today I went from this:                                                                                                           To This! hehe.

 

 

 

 

 

Somewhere along the way I forgot how much I love running, and am seeking to find my passion for it once again. If I engage in this sport simply for appearance, what the heck is the point?!

What are your reasons for running? And if you don’t engage in this sport, why do you choose your form of exercise? I would love to hear ideas, so I can add to my list 🙂

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